IT103 Lecture Project – Student Deliverable #2

***No Late Submissions***
Class Meeting Day Due Date (at the class start time)
Monday Monday, 4/13
Tuesday Tuesday, 4/7
Wednesday Wednesday, 4/8
Thursday Thursday, 4/9
Friday Friday, 4/10

Web Site Specifications (150 points – 15% of final grade)

As part of this project, you will publish the research paper on the web and will include graphics and links to related information. Information on your web site must have incorporated instructors’ feedback on research paper and is carefully proofread, spell checked and verified for information accuracy. In addition, your site must not infringe copyrights by using media (e.g. video, images) or text without appropriate permissions.

Project Objectives

• Demonstrate your ability to use web based technologies to communicate your understanding of a selected technology related topic
• Make obvious your ability to seek permission from the originator for the copyrighted material and cite references appropriately

Project Requirements

In this project, you will use X/HTML to publish your research paper on the mason web site. Every page of your research paper is a webpage (title page, content pages, and reference page). There will be a menu on each page of your paper to easily navigate to each webpage of your research paper.

• Note: Use of X/HTML editors (MS Word, Netscape Composer, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, etc.) is NOT permitted. Cascading style sheets (CSS) – External, Internal and Inline – are NOT permitted. JavaScripts are NOT permitted

• Note: X/HTML tags/elements must follow the Rules of XHTML. The following X/HTML tags/elements CANNOT be used: div, object and span tags

Prior to creating your website, you MUST CORRECT your research paper based on the instructor’s comments on your research paper.

1. Title Page.
• Your website’s homepage ( will contain a link to your research paper’s title page. The homepage will be the homepage you created in the lab. The link to the title page will be below the link for the syllabus on homepage using X/HTML unordered list (bullets) for the syllabus and the title of your paper. There will be ONLY two links on your homepage – one to syllabus and one to the title page of your paper. The title page CANNOT be your homepage. The title page content will be same as the title page of your research paper – title of your project, your name, date, and GMU Honor Code Statement with active links to GMU Honor Code and GMU Responsible Use of Computing Policy.
• Additional requirements on the title page:
o For the GMU Honor Code Statement ONLY – Use X/HTML tags/elements to set font size ‘4’ and font face ‘Arial’
o Provide a link to the PDF document of your corrected research paper below the Honor Code Statement.

2. Content Pages.
• Cite all references in the body of research paper including those that are paraphrased, in accordance with APA style/format
• Each paragraph of the corrected paper will be a paragraph in your website. Do not combine paragraphs. Insure quotations or apostrophe markings are transferred correctly to web page
• Additional requirements for content pages: X/HTML unordered list and your YouTube video created in lab
o X/HTML unordered list on one of the content pages
• Unordered list can be used in listing small amounts of project relevant information as is done in paper formats. Do not eliminate text in order to create an unordered list. The use of a list for your project’s menu, for the references, and on the title page does not satisfy this requirement.
o Embed the YouTube video that you created in lab. It must be related to your research paper and embed it in middle of the second content page. The title page is not a content page.

• Have at least one of the following additional requirements on at least one if not on all of the content pages: Original artwork, Digital photograph and Public domain Clip art

Note: As with any media (video, clip art/image, etc.), you need to obtain permission by the copyright owner to use the media. This is accomplished by checking the site’s documents (e.g. Terms of Use, Terms of Service, Copyright, Legal, etc.) or by obtaining permission directly from owner. You must then follow the directions given for use or non-use.
o Original artwork
• Original artwork created by you in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, MS Paint or other graphics software. A single colored or plain gif or jpeg image does not satisfy this requirement. Using this gif or jpeg image as a background image will not satisfy this requirement.
o Digital photograph relevant to the chosen topic
• Digital photograph (you have taken yourself) and is relevant to the topic. The digital photograph file must be in a gif or jpeg image format.
o Clip art (e.g. gif image). If not stated on the web that the media is free, you must consider the media to be copyrighted, and therefore you must have permission to use the media (video, clip art/image, etc.) in your website.

4. Reference page
• Cite all references in accordance with APA style/format on a separate webpage.
• Do not use an ordered or unordered list for paper content references.
• In addition to paper content references listed in the research paper, include a Website Media Reference section right after your paper content references on the same webpage. The section will have references for all video, clip art/images, and original artwork used in your website. The section will have a X/HTML tag/element for a horizontal rule separating the section from the references of your paper. Do not use an ordered or unordered list in this section.
• Media (video, clip art/image, etc.) reference:
a. Video and clip art/image reference will include the following. Description of the media (video, clip art/image), how it is related to your topic, name of artist/copyright holder, date that you obtained the media (video, clip art/image, etc.), a link to the source URL and a link to the source site’s page granting you permission to use and the conditions of use.
i. The page granting permission may have the following names but is not limited to these names: Terms of Use, Terms of Service, Copyright or Legal.
ii. If you have obtained specific permission (paper mail, email or verbal) to use the item, use this statement “permission obtained from the artist/copyright holder”.
b. Original artwork reference and digital photograph will include the following. Description of the artwork or digital photograph, name of the software used to create the artwork, date the artwork or photograph was created/taken, and the statement “artwork is original and created by me” or the statement “digital photograph was taken by me”.
c. Each type of media (video/original artwork/digital photograph/clip art) will include an annotation, 3-4 sentences explaining how the media is related to your research paper.
2. Each web reference/source will have an active link to the source/database URL including information requested in the research paper instructions.

• Additional requirement: Add a section at the end of the reference page after the Media Reference section that is separated from the rest of the page by a X/HTML tag/element for a horizontal rule. In this section, there will be a link to your research paper blog on the reference page and a link to your research paper wiki on the reference page in an ordered list.

Note: This project must be your own work. If you get help from someone else (e.g. The Media Center), you must state this on your references page (be specific).

5. Menu – Insert a table at the top of each page of your research paper that contains links to every page of your project including a link to your homepage. Do not have a menu of your research paper on your homepage. The borders of the cells must be visible.

The project must be in your mason UNIX account. There must be a link from your index.html file (i.e., homepage) to your project. Thus, when the instructor goes to, the instructor will see a link to your project. All projects must be stored in your mason UNIX account to receive credit. Your pages should include appropriate formatting and graphics, and should be linked to other relevant pages. All links must be active links to navigate the reader to respective webpages.

Remember, it is a violation of the GMU Responsible Use of Computer Policy to use a Mason account for commercial purposes. Your project must not be commercial in nature.
STARS Peer Mentoring:
Scanning and Web Page Help: STAR, Student Technology Assistance and Resources, 311 Johnson Center. Visit for more information and Volgenau School of Engineering Peer Advisors,

Web Development Guide by George Mason University –

Infoguides for XHTML tutorial websites –

KEEP CURRENT BACKUPS AT ALL TIMES. “The computer ate my project” will get you sympathy, but no points.
Test your project on campus computers. If it does not load in a reasonable amount of time, your instructor may not be able to view it. If we can’t view it, we can’t grade it. So, it is a good idea to test your website from different location (library, lab, your friend’s machine, etc.
Grading Criteria

Comment Code Criteria Grading Guide Total Points
(30 Points
per Criteria)
A Content 1. Embedded video not on second page of content in the middle of the page
2. No link to PDF or Wiki or Blog on page as directed
3. No or wrong GMU Honor Code Statement on title page as directed
4. Website does not contain at least a webpage for every page in research paper
5. Text does not at least meet the equivalent amount of text in original paper
6. No improvement in paper based on Instructor’s comments on research paper • 5 points
• 5 points
• 5 points
• 5 points
• 5 points
• 5 points
B Layout 1. No unordered list on a content page
2. No ordered list on reference page as directed
3. X/HTML tags/elements (e.g. declaration, html, hr, etc.) and attributes not used properly or as instructed
4. Excessive centering of the text on any page
5. Text formatting/color contrast/media is inconsistent or not appropriate • 5 points
• 5 points

• 10 points
• 5 points
• 5 points
C Internal and External Navigation 1. Has more than 2 broken links or more than two inactive links
2. No or wrong GMU Honor Code or RUC active links
3. Has no menu table on each page at the top of page with links to each individual page and a link to the homepage
4. Has no link to title page from homepage (index.html) created for the lab assignment as specified in the instructions, or the homepage contains a navigational menu of your paper
5. Poor navigation system • 10 points
• 5 points

• 5 points

• 5 points
• 5 points
D Use of Media 1. No embedded YouTube video created by you or No Image
2. No Blog or No Wiki or No PDF of your corrected paper
3. Media is not appropriate size (too small or large) for the amount of content
4. Missing more than one media item (Blog, Wiki, PDF, Video, Image) • 10 points
• 5 points
• 5 points
• 5 points
E Citations 1. Missing APA research paper reference in Bibliography
2. Missing APA media reference in Bibliography
3. No annotations for either media references or research paper reference
4. No Terms of Use/Service/…etc. link for media reference or no permission statement
5. No APA citation on content pages (in-text citation)
6. No active link to the web source or online database on reference page • 5 points
• 5 points
• 5 points

• 5 points
• 5 points
• 5 points
F Other 1. No project or incorrect access permission, or project modified after due date and time
2. Project not in Mason cluster account
3. Honor Code violation
4. Responsible Use of Computing Violation (commercial use or advertising on the web page)
5. Forbidden use of an HTML editor or frames
6. No grade at this time. See you instructor. • 150 Points